Orbital Piercings

Location:Ear Rim
Jewellery:BCR, Circular or Curved Barbell
Healing:3-4 Months
Age Limit:16 years old (13 years old with parental consent)
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Tempted by a stylish orbital piercing? This popular piercing consists of two perforations connected with one ring to create an awesome alternative look! Read on for everything you need to know about orbital piercings. 
Above: Orbital Piercing to Ear with BCR Jewellery

Orbital Piercings 101

Orbital piercings are a popular choice among piercing enthusiasts as a second perforation can make a single piercing into a stylish looped piercing.

This type of piercing is normally seen on the hollow section of the ear, but can be used almost anywhere on the body.  For example, they can be used on the outer rim of the ear, with navel piercings and even on the neck. 


As with everything piercing procedure, the piercer will start by sterilizing the pierced area and marking where the jewellery will be placed. Once the position of the piercing has been agreed, the piercer will place a hollow needle through the location and insert the jewellery. The area will then be sterilized and cleaned after the piercing.

It is possible to pierce both parts of the piercing during one procedure, or it is possible to have two separate piercings done separately. If you are linking a second piercing to an older piercing, the piercer will be able to add the orbital piercing to your old piercing during the procedure.


As orbital piercings can be done in different locations, the level of pain can very dependent on the location. Piercings can sometimes be more painful through cartilage rather than flesh although all pain is subjective, and therefore hard to classify. Each person has a different piercing experience and pain threshold so the amount of pain is different from person to person.

If you feel excessive pain during the process or during healing, it is important to visit a doctor or healthcare professional, to ensure there are no complications involved with your new piercing.


The amount of healing is again dependent on the location, as some piercing areas may take longer than others. With all piercings, cleanliness is of vital importance to aid the healing process. Washing the piercing in warm saltwater will help prevent infection. However, it is also important not to use any cosmetics or creams that could irritate the piercing.

It is also important to consider the amount of pressure and irritation that could potentially be placed on the piercing. Simple steps such as adjusting clothing choices and lifestyle may reduce the amount of irritation and pressure placed on the piercing, and will allow it to heal faster.


With orbital piercings, BCR’s are usually the body jewellery of choice but curved barbells and horseshoe rings can also be worn to great effect. Because orbital piercings require BCR’s or other jewellery to be threaded through two separate holes, it’s incredibly important that you get the correct sized jewellery. The thickness and size of the jewellery should be discussed with piercer to ensure the jewellery fits perfectly across the two piercing locations. It is possible to replace your jewellery after the healing process, but this should also be done under the consultation of a piercer.

Article Disclaimer: The information contained here within is based on our experience as one of the UK’s largest piercing chains. Please note that each individual’s experiences will be subjective and therefore each person will have a different experience of pain, healing and maintenance. For more information, please view our article guides terms and conditions page.

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